EEOC, fines, and awardsNovember 10 2004 at 7:39 PM
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I may be wrong, but I've never heard of the EEOC fining anybody. What they typically do is if they find in favor of the plaintiff (and yes, it is a lawsuit), the plaintiff is awarded various things depending on the case and the perception of what damage is done. Some awards are the return of the employee to the job, lost wages and benefits, compensation for other damages/suffering. Those things of course cost the employer lots of money, but they are technically not "fines."
Usually the two parties agree to some monetary settlement before it goes to the formal EEOC hearing process. The lawyers usually make plenty of money on it, and the plaintiff gets something out of it.
That "something" is sometimes enough to motivate a disgruntled employee to fabricate/exaggerate charges. Also there are some people who make a living off of manipulating themselves into jobs where it is likely they can also manipulate themselves into situations favorable to filing EEOC cases.
This is all presented as general observations and has nothing to do with any particular case.